Moin races ahead at LG All-India Amateur golf

February 16th, 2009 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Feb 16 (IANS) Moin Malak raced ahead with a three shot lead at the LG

All-India Amateur Golf Championship here.

Moin struck two eagles for a round of five-under 67 to lead over Karan Vasudeva at the par-72 Royal Calcutta Golf Club.

Karan finished the day with a round of two under 70, one ahead of Rashid Khan and Saurabh Bahuguna, who playing together, finished with an identical score of one under 71.

Vikram Rana, Amanjyot Singh, Biren Dey and Bangladesh’s Zakir-us Zaman were tied for fifth place. All four of them carded a round of one over 73. The talented Md. Jamal Hossain Mollah, who created a flutter by winning the Indian tour’s professional event in Bangladesh, had to be content with a round of four over 76.

The second day will see the final round of strokeplay, which will determine the seedings before the players shift into matchplay mode.

In the team results, riding on the back of Moin’s fine showing, India’s ‘B’ team, established a considerable lead over the other teams. The two totalled 142, nine better than the next best. Vikram Rana and Gagan Verma, who make up the ‘A’ team were placed second after Rana and Gagan shot 73 and 78 respectively.

Moin said: “It’s good to come back to this course where I won the Eastern India the last time I played here.”

“I did not let that affect my thinking and I began afresh out here. I just feel comfortable playing on this course and the round was just a result of that.”

The Pune lad managed to birdie both the par-5 holes on the course including a 30-foot left-to-right downhill putt on the 4th for eagle. “I reached the green in two and my playing partner from Bangladesh had started off really well. So I wanted to spruce up my round and I read the green just right as the ball went into the bottom of the hole” he said.

The only blemish on Moin’s card was a bogey on the par-4 7th.

“It would be important to take the same kind of form into matchplay where you would be pitted against another player rather than the course, which could make it a tricky proposition.”

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